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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Croton, which includes the sources of cascarilla bark and croton oil.
  • n. An Old World tropical evergreen shrub (Codiaeum variegatum) widely cultivated as a houseplant for its glossy multicolored foliage.

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  • n. Any of various plants, of the genus Croton, that yield croton oil.
  • n. A tropical evergreen shrub, Codiaeum variegatum, having glossy foliage, cultivated as a houseplant.
  • n. The main water supply pipe to a building or apartment, from the Croton River, dams, reservoirs and aqueduct supplying New York City with water.

Etymologies

New Latin Croton, genus name, from Greek krotōn, castor oil plant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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